Sending Office: Honorable Daniel Lipinski
Our economy and national security is currently vulnerable to aging manufacturing workforce and outdated equipment. Manufacturing competitiveness requires a new, wider set of skills than the manufacturing jobs of the past. To ensure the longevity of our
manufacturing industry and the sufficiency of our defense industrial base, we need an entrepreneurial workforce fluent in advanced manufacturing techniques to rapidly address areas of national need, as identified in the 2018 Strategy for American Leadership
in Advanced Manufacturing.
To address this problem, I invite you to be an original cosponsor my bill, Manufacturing American Dynamism in Entrepreneurship and Harnessing Education to Retool Employees, or MADE HERE, which I plan to introduce Feb. 25th. This bill aims to
fortify our domestic manufacturing industry and secure defense supply chains by advancing the development of new manufacturing skills. This will be achieved by creating regional clusters that bring together educational institutions, private sector companies,
nonprofit organizations, state and local government agencies and federally-funded entities including the Manufacturing USA institutes and Manufacturing Extension Partnerships.
The bill directs NIST, DOE, and DoD to each carry out a manufacturing cluster program throughout a three-stage process. Phase 1 will provide entrepreneurship training and mentorship to assist interested multi-institutional clusters with proposal preparation,
including identifying areas of need. Phase 2 awardees will receive up to $3 million over three years to implement their activities including building infrastructure and educational initiatives. Phase 3 awardees will receive up to $10 million over 5 years
to continue their efforts focused on addressing emerging technical areas of need. Each phase will be awarded through a competitive process wherein clusters must demonstrate that their activities meet a current or future market need.
Please join me in taking this critical step toward supporting our future manufacturing sector. The deadline to join as an original cosponsor is COB Monday, Feb. 24th. If you have questions or would like to cosponsor, please contact Caitlyn McGuire in my
office (firstname.lastname@example.org or 5-5701).
Daniel W. Lipinski
Member of Congress
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